Three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography of a thrombus entrapped by a patent foramen ovale

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Abstract

The substrate of paradoxic embolization is a patent foramen ovale allowing right-to-left passage of embolic material. A thrombus in transit entrapped by a patent foramen straddling an atrial septal aneurysm is an exceedingly transient condition rarely documented on imaging studies. We present the case of a 67-year-old man with acute pulmonary embolism and concomitant cerebral infarction found to have a large thrombus traversing a patent foramen ovale. Intraoperative real-time three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography allowed accurate spatial characterization of the thrombus and correlated closely with surgical findings. It provided more realistic intraoperative guidance compared with conventional two-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography. © 2012 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

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Sattiraju, S., Masri, S. C., Liao, K., & Missov, E. (2012). Three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography of a thrombus entrapped by a patent foramen ovale. Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 94(4). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.athoracsur.2012.04.129

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